I’m currently working a temp-gig for Guitar Center. For all that I do, it’s admittedly a pretty sweet deal, and suffice to say, I’m being hooked up. I’ve started telling people about it recently, so I guess now it’s currently my reality. I was set up through a staffing company called 24Seven, which works primarily with creative professionals i.e. art and design folk who’re looking for work. It’s kind of like a mercenary firm […] [Read More]
Webmaking, and Wanting to be Wanted
Before I begin, I’d like to apropos anything that I say by stating: websites are difficult to make. But having said that, I’d like to also say that any pressure going into webmaking is also self-imposed. If you tend to spend a lot of time on the ‘net (which let’s be honest, we all do), then you may have noticed that there are tons of both great looking websites and yes, not-so-great looking websites. The reason why that is depends entirely on practicality. [Read More]
Brand Exploration: CHOMP Magazine
I’ve always wanted to work for a magazine. I owe a lot of my college survival to monthly publications like Electronic Gaming Monthly, TransWorld SKATEboarding, Juxtapoz, and Wired. I really liked how they explored the brands, cultures, and communities that I particularly enjoyed. And I loved how a magazine felt like it was tailored just for me. I think in a vast, diverse society like ours, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone. It’s that common, city-wide phenomenon where despite being around so many people, it’s incredibly difficult to make a connection. [Read More]
Wise Words x Wise Artists: Jim Lee
During the summer of 2009, I had the great privilege of working as an intern at the now-defunct DC Comics/WildStorm Productions studio/offices in La Jolla, CA. Among the many experiences and lessons learned during that time, one that I will never forget was how Jim Lee came to the office/studios a couple of days before the year’s upcoming San Diego Comic-Con to deliver a pep-talk to the entire staff. [Read More]
Two New Projects, Process Insights
There has been some internal debate as to whether or not revealing the process to a project is a good idea. One of the reasons why I’ve always decided against it was the potential, diminished impact that may come as a result of revealing your work too early. As anybody in a creative industry already knows, projects come-and-go on a moments whim. It’s not unusual for a project to start and never finish. [Read More]
Playing the Game, and Being “Okay” With It
So, it’s been about a year now since I’ve been freelancing. I’ve learned a lot, most of which has been common knowledge since before I even began doing this. You know how people tell you great advice, and you immediately dismiss it because you’re convinced that you yourself have better advice? I know that doesn’t really make sense, since the people around you, particularly the people that have been doing this longer than you have, actually do know better. But we’re all guilty of it. And I’m here to say that I’m one of them. [Read More]
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Wed. 6/6/12 About a year ago now, I graduated college, broke up with my girlfriend, and lived alone in San Diego for about 6 months. It was not an easy time. In an attempt to regain any lost confidence and/or sense of self-worth, I forced myself to draw illustrations. This was one of the few images that I conjured up.
This became the first in a series of images drawn upon the music, movies, and books that I absorbed at the time. I had planned to color it, but by the time I had any time to do it, the moment had passed. Ever since, it’s just been sitting around untouched.
I finally dug this out of hiding and decided to publish it ‘cuz I think it’s kinda cool. It’ll never be finished, but I like it the way it is.
Tues. 5/29/12 In Winter of 2008, I started a comic that eventually became the inspiration for my current career track. It was inspired from actual events, and it was an honest interpretation of my life, my perspective on things, and very much the person I was at the time of writing. Almost half a decade later, it’s surprising how much of it I still find relevant and relatable.
I wrote these in college after a fairly melodramatic summer. These are some of my favorites from the second quarter of that school year.